Bluegrass Minifest

Begins: Sep 02
Ends: Sep 02

SVMF's Bluegrass Minifest will featuring fiddling champion Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper, monster mandolinist Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and progressive bluegrassers Circus No. 9.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. A 2018 Grammy Award nominee and 10-time International Bluegrass Music Association Fiddle Player of the Year Award winner, he is one of the most awarded and celebrated fiddlers in the history of bluegrass music.

Blind from birth, Cleveland started playing violin at age 4. He studied classical violin at the Kentucky School for the Blind, and by the time he was in his teens, had performed at the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion and shared the stage with a number of famous bluegrass artists.

Most recently, he was inducted into the 2018 class of the National Fiddler Hall Of Fame in Tulsa, OK.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen was named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album “Cold Spell” earned a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and has become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the bluegrass tradition collides — live on stage — with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.

Circus No. 9

Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own progressive bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between bluegrass, jazz, jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel and more. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, and Vince Ilagan, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.


Bluegrass Minifest